JOANNA MAXWELL

Time for a creative adventure (or two)?

A number of years ago I had the privilege of interviewing one of the world’s top neuropsychologists (currently Clinical Professor of Neurology at New York University School of Medicine) Elkhonon Golberg. I was interviewing him for the Australian Financial Review about age-proofing the brain and staving off dementia, as well as maximising the brain’s capacity for creative […]

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Loneliness and older people

I have written before about how the years from 50 to 80 can very likely be your happiest, as you have learned how to deal with the ups and downs of life, and to focus on what brings pleasure, among other reasons. (If you don’t believe me, check out Laura Carstensens’s TED talk – she’s […]

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Why Good Enough is Good Enough

A few years ago I painted our backyard. (OK, if truth be told, I hired some guys to paint our backyard…) Choosing the colour was tricky and I’d put the whole thing off twice because I couldn’t decide. Finally I found it, a washed-out pale verdigris, aqua, dirty green colour. All was well. Except that […]

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Can you overuse your strengths?

It’s very fashionable these days to focus on strengths and ignore weaknesses, and in the main this is a good thing. But it doesn’t mean that you just need to find your top one or two strengths and focus on them to the exclusion of all else. If you do that, you risk falling off […]

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Why three lives are better than one…

I did a library talk recently about Rethinking Your Career – both the book and the process. The Q&A at the end was very interesting; people had thoughtful questions and insights and it was fun, too. One woman asked me how you find meaning as we age. Potentially a huge topic, and a very personal […]

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Busting stereotypes about older Australians

I really dislike the stereotype you see in the media about ‘successful’ ageing: you know, all those wrinkle-free, glossy looking botoxed people bouncing around like 30 year olds, swallowing bottles of vitamins and perpetually planning to conquer Everest or start a relationship with someone half their age. What that is really saying is that we […]

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Networking: your top job-hunting strategy?

I am often asked for tips on finding a job when you reach your 50s or even before. I am quite honest about ageism and the fact that you need to become creative (even cunning) to market yourself. I have written already about resumes, interviews and other job-hunting tips. Now it’s time to talk about networking. People […]

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Talk Doesn’t Cook Rice

For about five years I taught a microbusiness course for migrant and refugee women. It was  one of the most satisfying things I have done. Loved it. One day, we were discussing the things that get in the way of making time to think creatively about your business. A popular topic was procrastination, another was perfectionism (no […]

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